5-8 November 2015 | St. Louis, MO, USA

The Nevermore Jazz Ball

The Nevermore Jazz Ball is a one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Now back for its 5th year, the Nevermore Jazz Ball has grown to be a dancer’s, musician’s, and fun-lover’s favorite. This year we’re bringing you a line-up that’s sure to please!



We believe in music! Nevermore is just as much about the musicians as it is about the dancers. The Nevermore Jazz Ball is committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind musical experience with an emphasis on featuring our magnificent local talent. We ice this sweet, locally-grown musical cake with a special guest band of hand-picked musicians from around the nation. We’re pretty sure you’re gonna like this.


The Bands

Thursday Night

The Sidney Street Shakers will be starting the weekend off right with their sometimes raucous, sometimes sweet, always swingin’ sounds!

Friday Night-Miss Jubilee

A Nevermore Jazz Ball staple and dancer favorite, Miss Jubilee will set the dance floor swingin’ with their rowdy, raucous energy and soulful St. Louis sound.

Sat & Sun – Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders

Our headline band this year will be led by Michael Gamble (Asheville, NC) and will feature a “hard-swinging…classic small group swing” sound, and will be comprised of Michael Gamble (bass), Russ Wilson (drums), James Posedel (piano), Mike Faltesek (guitar), Jonathan Doyle (tenor sax), and David Jellema (trumpet). We’re excited about this one, folks!

Late Night Music

Hot and wild or low and slow, the party don’t stop when the clock strikes twelve. The Sidney Street Shakers will host the party for the Friday late night, and the St. Louis Steady Grinders (Ethan Leinwand, Valerie Kirchhoff aka Miss Jubilee, and friends) will bring you low-down St. Louis blues and some swingin’ jazz for the Saturday late nigh tparty.

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

No Nevermore would be complete without the Jazz Crawl! We’ll feature 6+ local bands for your dancing and listening pleasure on Saturday afternoon. Full details on the Jazz Crawl page.


Sylvia Sykes

Nick Williams

Mia Halloran

Andy Reid

Michael Faltesek

John Bedrosian

Event Info


Here’s a big picture schedule to help you plan. We’ll be adding details as registration draws closer and of course, a fully detailed schedule will be available here prior to and throughout the event. For now, though, may we suggest that you plan to make a long weekend out of this? The Sunday party has historically been the legendary one, so get here early and stay in town if you can swing it (get it…?)!

Thursday, 5 November

Welcome Party with the Sidney Street Shakers!

The Mahler Ballroom | 4915 Washington 63108 (map)
Free parking in adjacent lot

Doors open at 8:30, Music & Dancing 9-midnight
Cash Bar; No contests, all dancing!

Friday, 6 November

Daytime: Explore St. Louis! City Museum, food, drinks, architecture, etc.

Main Dance Party: Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers
The Franklin Room | 816 Allen Ave. 63104 (map)

Doors open at 7:45pm | Intro to STL Shag Class 8-9pm | Music and Dancing 9pm-12am
Cash bar. Couples Battle prelims at 2nd band break (~10:45)

Late Night Party: The Sidney Street Shakers
South Broadway Athletic Club | 2301 S. 7th Street 63104 (map)
Free parking in adjacent lot or street parking

Doors open at 12:30am | Music begins at 1am
Cash bar til 1am, Nevermore Challenge Contest ~1:45am-ish

Saturday, 7 November

10am-4:45pm on Cherokee Street| See Classes page!

The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl
12:30pm-7pm | See Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl Page!

Main Dance Party with Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders
The International Institute | 3401 Arsenal 63118
Enter building and parking lot off of Louisiana Ave (map)

Doors open at 7:45pm, Jack & Jill Prelims at 8pm
Music and Dancing 9-midnight
J&J Finals end of first set | Battle Finals end of second set
BYOB responsibly.
Late Night Party with the St. Louis Steady Grinders
South Broadway Athletic Club | 2301 S. 7th Street 63104 (map)
Free parking in adjacent lot or street parking

Slow Dance Contest Top of 2nd Set (~2am)
Doors open 12:30. Cash Bar til 1am

Sunday, 8 November

11:15am-5:15pm on Cherokee Street| See Classes page!

Closing Party with Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders!
The Boo Cat Club | 812 Union Blvd. 63108 (map)
Street parking

Doors open 8:30pm, Music and Dancing 9-midnight
STL Shag prelims first band break; Shag Finals Top of 3rd Set
Cash ONLY Bar. Dress fancy!


Class Descriptions


The Mahler Ballroom

4515 Washington Blvd. 63108

Thursday Opening Party

The Franklin Room

816 Allen Ave. 63104

Friday Main Dance

The International Institute

3401 Arsenal St. 63118

Saturday Main Dance

South Broadway Athletic Club

2301 S. 7th Street 63104

Friday & Saturday Late Nights

2720 Cherokee

2720 Cherokee St. 63118

Saturday & Sunday Classes

The Bomb Door

Texas & Cherokee St. 63118

Saturday & Sunday Classes

Nebula Coworking

3407 S. Jefferson Ave. 63118

Saturday and Sunday Classes

The Boo Cat Club

812 Union Blvd. 63108

Sunday Night Dance

Cherokee Street 

Between Illinois & Nebraska

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl!

Travel & Hotels

Getting Around STL: St. Louis has Uber and traditional taxis. There are buses and two metro lines that are safe and run well, but public transit is not super extensive.  A car (or a friend with a car!) can be helpful, and bicycles are great if you’re comfortable getting around that way.

Hotels & Lodging: Be sure to make plans for your lodging while you’re in St. Louis! There is no official event hotel for Nevermore and we know you all have different preferences when it comes to where you stay, but here are some ideas to get you started. Be sure to check out the Venues page to give you an idea of where you will need to go. *PLEASE NOTE*: These are just suggestions based on the same type of internet search you might do. We’re not endorsing a given hotel, just trying to make your life one step easier. Read reviews to learn more! In general, hotels in or near the neighborhoods surrounding downtown will be easily accesible to all venues. Don’t forget about Air B&B as well–there are some great options available!

Drury Inn at Forest Park

Moderate price; ~15 min. drive from all venues

Red Roof Inn near Forest Park

Cheapest! ~15 min. drive from all venues

St. Louis City Center Hotel

Pricier; located conveniently downtown

Hotel Ayvan

Near downtown, close to Cherokee Street

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

We are happy to expand the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl at this year’s festival with MORE hours of live jazz, NEW free community dance classes, and more new businesses to showcase. Join us on Saturday November 7th, 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm for this free, open-to-the-public aspect of the event featuring St. Louis’ best jazz and swing musicians in Cherokee Street’s singular venues. You will find that the Jazz Crawl is an opportunity to do more dancing, simply sit and listen, enjoy a good meal, or a fine drink, and soak in the wonderful atmosphere that Cherokee Street offers! SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors: Lindy Hop St. Louis and The Regional Arts Commission.

Main Set 12:30-3:30pm

Brian Ryback & Friends at South City Art Supply | 1926 Cherokee
Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing at Retro 101 | 2303 Cherokee
Miss Jubilee at Foam Coffee & Beer | 3359 S. Jefferson
DJ Boogieman at STL Hop Shop | 2606 Cherokee
Wack-A-Doo at Fortune Teller Bar | 2639 Cherokee
Gateway Jazz Project at Bespoke Custom Tailor | 2650 Cherokee
Chloe Feoranzo & Mike Faltesek at MELT | 2712 Cherokee
Ethan Leinwand at Yaqui’s | 2728 Cherokee
The Sidemen at Art Bar | 2732 Cherokee
The Saint Boogie Brass Band up and down Cherokee
COMMUNITY DANCE DAY: Free Dance Classes at 2720 Cherokee

Second Set 4:00-7:00pm

All-Star Jazz Jam at Yaqui’s | 2728 Cherokee

Swing Dancing at Foam Coffee & Beer | 3359 S. Jefferson

Lagniappe (after party!) 8:00pm

St. Boogie Brass Band at Art Bar | 2732 Cherokee



The Nevermore Code

We take fun seriously at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and this means if you want to join in, you agree and abide by certain ground rules. Many of these points go without saying, but we’re still going to say them, write them, and live by them. This policy may be updated, so be sure to keep yourself familiar with it.

Code of Conduct

Nevermore Values


Registration opens Monday, July 6th at 7pm CST! We sell out every year, so plan to buy your tickets early! Due to venue capacity regulations, it’s unlikely that dances or classes will be available a-la-carte. So if you want to come to Nevermore, get yourself a ticket! New this year, we’re selling fewer full-weekend passes and more party passes. For those who want to enjoy and get the most out of the workshops, this means smaller class sizes. For those who want to party it up and enjoy more free time to explore St. Louis in the daytimes, rejoice! We have more dance-only passes available than ever before.

Nevermore Jazz Ball 2015 is now SOLD OUT!

We sold out in record time (300 tickets in just about 3 weeks) and we were amazed at how quickly the tickets went. As of right now, we will NOT have dances available a la carte, as we are working with some strict venue fire-code capacities. We’re already working bigger venues for next year! If you want a pass, keep an eye on the Facebook group for people looking to sell their tickets–passes are transferable.



FULL WEEKEND PASSES include all dances and live music as well as all workshops with our super instructors. The best value, if you want to do the whole she-bang!

First 50: $120

Next 75: $140

Final 75: $160

PARTY PASSES (aka Dance-Only Passes) include all of the dances and of course the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl. No classes are included with this pass.

First 30: $85

Next 70: $95

The Nitty Gritty (Registration Policies)